Nursery 2016 - 2017

Mrs Cripps

Nursery Manager: Mrs S Cripps                             Assistant Manager: Mrs S Finegan 

                                          Teaching Assistant: Mrs E Jackson                                                                                              

The Early Years Foundation Stage, (EYFS) curriculum is made up of 3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas of learning. All areas are important and inter-connected, and centre around the individual interests and needs of each Unique Child.

The 3 Prime Areas      

Communication and Language
Listening and attention

Physical Development
Moving and Handling
Health and Self Care

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Making Relationships
Self Confidence and Self Awareness
Managing feelings and Behaviour

The 4 Specific Areas 


Shape, Space and Measure

Understanding the World
People and Communities
The World

Expressive arts and design
Exploring and using media and materials
Being Imaginative

We provide a wide variety of activities to meet the objectives of the Early Years Foundation Stage, which include:
* Dough Gym and Funky Fingers
* Music and Dance
* Imaginative Play
* Art and Craft
* Sand and Water play

* Cosy Book corner
* Mark Making Area
* Outdoor Environment
* Sensory Exploration
* Storytime
* Group Phonics and Maths Sessions 

Our approach to learning is designed to develop self-confidence, self-esteem and self-control, enabling a ‘can do’ attitude towards new experiences and challenges. We place emphasis on developing personal and social skills, praising positive behaviour and encouraging a thoughtful and considerate attitude towards others. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, balancing adult led structured activities with child initiated free choice. We appreciate that all children are unique, and that children learn best when encouraged to follow their own individual interests and make their own choices. We therefore aim to provide an environment full of opportunities in terms of materials, time and space for children to become absorbed in their own choices of play activities. As Early Years Practitioners we make continuous and ongoing observations of each child’s interests and plan activities based on them to further the child’s development. Developing a love of learning in the early years helps to prepare children for the next stage in their lives, providing them with the necessary skills, abilities and confidence to enable them to flourish and reach their full potential both at school and throughout their adult lives.

Our outdoor environment provides rich learning opportunities. Children experience a wide selection of outdoor activities including den building, exploring the texture kitchen, experimenting in the water area, digging in the mud pit and observing nature up close in the bug hotel. Children develop gross motor skills, critical thinking and reasoning as well as building friendships by working together to explore and problem solve.
We dress accordingly and enjoy our outdoor areas in all weathers, children learn about the world around them by feeling the wind in their hair and rain droplets on the ends of their noses. We believe that rolling down hills, jumping in puddles and making mud pies are all fantastic learning opportunities in the early years and help build a love and appreciation of nature.

Garswood Nursery provides 15 hours per week funded early years education for 3 and 4 year olds. This can be taken as morning sessions, afternoon sessions or a combination of full and half days, you decide what fits best around your family.

We offer additional sessions at a cost of £10.50 per session and lunchtime supervision is available at a cost of £3 per session. Children can either bring a healthy packed lunch or a hot meal can be purchased for £2.70.

Morning sessions run from 8.40 - 11.40am (door open from 8:30am) and afternoon sessions from 12.05 - 3.05pm.

Wrap-around care is available between 7.30am and 6.00pm including during school holidays. Click the link below for details:

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If you would like to visit our Nursery or enquire about places please contact us on 01744 678290

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Contact the School

Garswood Primary and Nursery School

Hamilton Road

Main Contact: Marie Chadwick, School Business Manager

Tel: 01744 678290
Fax: 01744 678294